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3D printer manufacturer Amaero International reports progress

Metal additive manufacturing producer Amaero International has reported progress across its business as it works to deliver future revenue growth. The company reported increased revenue to $134,338 for the December quarter driven by increased R&D work conducted for other companies. In the period Amaero signed a heads of agreement to supply 3D printed rocket parts to Gilmour Space Technologies, began works on its titanium powders plant in Victoria and achieved positive results for spinner tools being produced in a project for Fletcher Insulation. The company, which also executed a letter of intent with the Australian Missile Corporation group of companies, has a cash balance of $4.97 million.

DXN to provide data centre to Multiplex

Modular data centre manufacturer DXN has executed a $3.5 million contract to provide a modular data centre and ten turn-key communications rooms to builder Multiplex. The facilities will be installed at the Centre for National Resilience Perth (pictured) at suburban Bullsbrook, a joint federal WA government development. The Centre for National Resilience will supplement existing quarantine arrangements during the pandemic and be available to respond to future natural disasters or future health crises. DXN CEO Shalini Lagrutta said manufacturing had begun at DXN’s Perth factory. Delivery will take place by the end of the March 2022 quarter.

Gekko Systems to help design modular mine process equipment

Mining process equipment manufacturer Gekko Systems has been appointed as process plant design consultant by Anax Metals Limited to assist with the design process of a polymetallic sulphide concentrator plant at the Whim Creek Copper Mine in Western Australia. The concentrator plant will be designed to process approximately 320,000 tonnes per year of pre-concentrate, with feedstock for the concentrator consisting of primary sorted ore and upgraded fines from the gravity circuit. A key element of the Definitive Feasibility Study design process will be to investigate and apply the benefits of modularisation. Anax plans to design the process plant and associated infrastructure such that it may be fabricated and assembled on skids, in a factory, prior to transportation and installation on site. This strategy delivers many significant benefits and reduces site related construction risks.

Micro-X boosts inventory for future order surge

Cold cathode X-ray machine manufacturer Micro-X is investing an additional $2 million building inventory in expectation of greater sales as it rapidly expands distribution of its portable X-ray machines. The company reported it had ordered more long lead time items and shipped Mobile DR units to Seattle to avoid global supply chain issues. The company has displayed machines at recent exhibitions in Chicago and Florida. Micro-X said first customer sales were expected in 2022 of its latest product, the improvised explosive device IED X-ray camera. Its next generation Rover X-ray machine is on track for a commercial launch in February.

Conflux appoints new Chief Product Officer

Additively manufactured heat exchanger specialist Conflux Technology has announced Dan Woodford as the company’s new Chief Product Officer. Woodford would be responsible for global product strategy, product delivery and customer engagement, said Conflux, and the appointment would support the company’s growth and scaling strategy. The Geelong-based company closed an $8.5 million Series A investment round in October, and earlier this year announced that it was developing heat exchangers for Italian race car maker Dallara Automobili. 

Brisbane cleantech conference rescheduled due to pandemic

The date of the National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition has been pushed back by five weeks due to the current Omicron variant phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is now scheduled for March 28 – 29, Speakers include from Graphene Manufacturing Group, Calix, Microbiogen, and Mineral Carbonation International.

Scaling Green Hydrogen CRC bid seeks input

A Round 24 Cooperative Research Centre bid focussed on large-scale production of green hydrogen is seeking leaders from companies, government and research to join its next phase. Interim CEO Paul Hodgson posted on Linkedin that participants have “a fantastic opportunity to shape the final goals, research themes and strategy before the Stage 1 bid is submitted in mid-2022.” According to its website, the planned CRC aims to answer questions including what terawatt electrolyser capacity would look like, and how to scale sustainably while maximising local benefits. More info about the SGH CRC is available here.

Samsara to recycle bottles from Australian Open, announces new investor

Recycling technology startup Samsara expects to collect and process around 5,000 single-use water bottles used at the two-week Australian Open tournament through a partnership with Tennis Australia. Samsara is an Australian National University spinout business commercialising an enzymatic-based technology, able to digest PET and convert it into monomers, which can then be reused. The company also announced that Wildcard Ventures (Tennis Australia’s venture arm) has invested in Samsara, joining early backers including Woolworths, ANU and Main Sequence.

Picture: Multiplex/Centre for National Resilience Perth

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